Zimbabwe mVAM Bulletin #11: June 2017 - Humanitarian assistance is scaled back as food security improves


Key Points

  • Beneficiary households relying on food assistance were using negative coping strategies more frequently than non-beneficiary households, confirming the correct targeting of post-harvest humanitarian assistance
  • The proportion of households borrowing food or seeking help from relatives and friends has declined in rural areas
  • Levels of negative coping have fallen in Mashonaland Central and Matabeleland South
  • Maize prices continue to fall but sugar bean prices are rising

Situation Update

The 2016-17 crop harvest continued in June. Although harvesting is drawing to a close, some harvesting is expected to continue into July. Dams continued to hold above-average water supplies, boosting vegetable and horticultural production. Food and cash crop production was forecast to be above average, improving consumption across the country. Cereal prices remained stable and below those prevailing at the same time last year. However, all sectors of the economy continued to face liquidity challenges, undermining the ability of urban and rural households to meet their basic needs. The results of the ZimVAC Rural Livelihoods Assessment are expected to be released in July (source: FEWS NET).